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Middletown churches learn how to better secure their buildings

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

Lt. David Birk of the Middletown Division of Police addressed members of the church community Friday afternoon to discuss ways to better secure their buildings. Detective Brandon Highley and Sgt. Sam Allen also spoke. RICK McCRABB/STAFF
Lt. David Birk of the Middletown Division of Police addressed members of the church community Friday afternoon to discuss ways to better secure their buildings. Detective Brandon Highley and Sgt. Sam Allen also spoke. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

Pastors said after meeting with representatives from the Middletown Division of Police they left better prepared in case an active shooter enters their church.

The meeting between the police and church leaders was arranged by Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw on the heels of the Texas church shooting on Nov. 5 that left 26 people dead and 20 injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.

During the 90-minute seminar Friday in Council Chambers, Lt. David Birk, Detective Brandon Highley and Sgt. Sam Allen discussed ways for churches to better secure their buildings and protect their congregates.

“It’s real out there,” Birk told this newspaper after the meeting that drew about 70 church leaders. “They need to be prepared. It’s about taking steps to save lives.”

Grace Baptist Church in Middletown already has taken some steps, said Senior Pastor Max Fernandez. He said the church has hired an off-duty Middletown police officer to monitor the parking lot and inside the church building every Sunday morning. The officer also assists with traffic, he said.

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The church also has a “safety plan” that Fernandez said he would review with church leaders and members, based off the information he learned at the seminar. The end result is finding the best way to “better protect” the members, the pastor said.

After the Texas shooting, church members gathered and prayed for those impacted, Fernandez said.

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“It’s natural to have fear and to think about the vulnerability of your congregation to an active shooter,” he said.

Until recently, before the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., in 2015 that killed nine people, churches were considered to be a “safety zone, said Allen, who said it was important for people to feel secure at church.

Muterspaw said the church shootings have been committed by the “wrong person with wrong attitude.”

Years ago, during an active shooting, police didn’t enter the building until at least four officers were present. But now the first officer is instructed to find and apprehend the suspect.

“Waiting is costing lives,” Allen said.

The church leaders were told to:
  • Teach staff and members the proper way to apprehend a shooter and secure his weapon. Without training, employees may “freeze up” during an attack, Highley said.
  • Find ways to secure doors, whether that’s with bars, locks, belts or heavy furniture.
  • Instruct those under attack to run to the nearest exit and not hide in a corner or under desks. “The threat has changed,” Birk said.
  • Create a “rally point” for congregates to meet after they escape an active shooter. They recommended neighboring churches sharing keys to their buildings, if possible.
  • Put letters or numbers on every exterior door to make it easier for law enforcement to understand the layout of the building.
  • Limit the number of entrances into a church so it’s easier to monitor who’s coming into the building.

Multiple crashes on I-75 in Miami County causing traffic headaches

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

OSP Piqua post is investigating a crash involving 2 semis

State troopers and medics have responded to a crash that left a tractor trailer on its side on northbound Interstate 75 north of Troy Friday morning. 

State troopers and medics responded to the highway, about five miles north of Troy around 10:10 a.m. 

The crash in the northbound lanes of I-75 is located near the County Road 25-A exit between Troy and Piqua.  One lane is currently open, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A second crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 about two miles north of the northbound crash has traffic down to one lane on that side of the highway, the patrol said.

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

One ‘hot’ Thanksgiving: Turkeys get Flaming Hot Cheetos makeover

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

‘Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ Turkey Is Spicing Up the Holidays

Food mashups can be the perfect answer to the traditional, boring holiday gathering. Reynolds Kitchens, the makers of the aluminum foil and cooking bags that help us create in the kitchen, have come up with some different recipes using popular snack foods to amp up the Thanksgiving turkey.

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They’re called “Flavor Blasted Turkeys” and use spicy cheese puffs (think Flaming Hot Cheetos), ranch-flavored corn chips (Ranch Fritos), or onion-flavored rings (Funyuns) to add an extra kick to Tom Turkey.

You start all three recipes the same. You put your chip of choice into a food processor or blender and crush them. You can also use the old fashioned rolling-pin/zip top bag technique and work out some holiday frustrations. As long as they’re powered, you’re fine.

Brush oil or butter on the bird to help the coating stick and cover the entire turkey, legs and all, with the crushed-up snack food.

This is where the technique changes depending on which chip you choose.

For Flaming Hot Cheetos turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put covered turkey in cooking bag.
  • Place bag and turkey in 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Cut 6 1/2-inch slits into bag and roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the bag, then slice open the bag, remove the turkey and serve.

For ranch-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Put turkey on aluminum foil that’s tow and a half times longer than the turkey.
  • Overlap foil ends and turn up the sides of the foil to seal in juices.
  • Place turkey and foil into 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey and coating, turn back the foil for last 30 minutes of roasting.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the foil, then remove the turkey and serve.

For onion-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Lay a sheet of foil under turkey in roasting pan
  • Make a foil tent, leaving an inch between the turkey and the foil for heat circulation. Crimp the tent to bottom foil along the long sides of pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey, remove foil tent after one hour.
  • When it reaches correct temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes covered in foil.

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Professor: Team has performed first successful human head transplant using cadavers

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

WATCH: Professor Says First Successful Human Head Transplant Using Cadavers Performed

It sounds like something out of a horrible B movie, but a professor in Italy says a team has successfully transplanted a human head in China. It was done on corpses to see if surgeons could reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels. 

“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done,” Sergio Canavero, the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, said. “A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage,” the Telegraph reported.

He added that it would be the last step before a full head transplant happens some time before the end of the year, USA Today reported.

A firm date for the living patient surgery has not been released.

Canavero said the procedure happened in China because “the Americans did not understand” and wouldn’t fund the experiments, USA Today reported.

Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.

While it’s being called a head transplant, it’s technically a body transplant, where the recipient with a functioning brain will have his head transplanted to a donor’s body who has been declared brain dead, USA Today reported.

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Doctors will fuse the spinal cord and attach blood vessels and muscles then the patient will be kept in a coma for a month as the person heals, Newsweek reported. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims.

Many in the medical community said that not only is it doubtful the procedure will be successful, there also are ethical questions, saying that whoever undergoes the procedure will be in incredible pain, and not able to breathe or control their own heart rate, Newsweek reported.

Canavero cites studies on animals to support his plan, but other doctors say that, ‘You’re not going to jump from rodent to human” and that Canavero’s plan is “criminal,” Newsweek reported.

Woman burned by hot coffee in break room fight

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Dayton police are investigating after a woman was severely burned by hot coffee thrown on her by another woman during a break room fight at the YWCA.  STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Dayton police are investigating after a woman was severely burned by hot coffee thrown on her by another woman during a break room fight at the YWCA. STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

A woman suffered significant burns when another woman threw a cup of hot coffee on her in a break room at the YWCA, according to a Dayton Police report.  

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Officers and a medic were dispatched to the YWCA on West Third St. in downtown Dayton at 5:25 p.m. Thursday on a report of an aggravated assault. 

The two women involved in the altercation are residents at the YWCA. The injured woman, 55, told police she was in the break room speaking with another person about a woman who was also in the break room heating up a cup of coffee in the microwave. 

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 The victim told police the woman didn't appreciate what was being said about her, and when the coffee was done in the microwave, the woman removed it and threw the cup of hot coffee on her, then returned to her room. 

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According to the Dayton Police report, the victim had visible severe blistering on her skin from the shoulder down to her left arm and elbow. The skin was peeling off, according to the officer, and he cited significant burn injuries.  

The injured woman refused to go to the hospital.

Dayton police put out a broadcast to arrest the female suspect. She was not identified in the report.

No word is she is in custody.